This weekend I finally saw Wild in theaters and I absolutely loved it!!! It is one of the best movies I've seen in a long time- and one of the best parts about it is that it is based on a true story. Wild is based on the best-selling memoir by Cheryl Strayed.
Played by Reese Witherspoon, in 1995 Strayed sets out on a journey to hike the 1,100-mile Pacific Crest Trail alone. She makes this choice because she is seeking to heal herself after a divorce, the death of her mother and years of reckless destructive behavior.
What is unusual about her story is that Strayed has no experience with hiking. This hike is meant for the very experienced hikers, so this journey is especially grueling and physically painful for her.
I really don't want to be a spoiler or give away too much about the story- but this film is very inspiring for all people- not just women. The film is more of a drama or suspense movie than a "chick flick", so men will appreciate it too. It has gotten phenomenal reviews and award nominations- so far it has scored a 91% on rotten tomatoes!
While you are watching the film, you really feel like you are experiencing the hike with her- and although a lot of the time it is just Strayed that you are watching, it isn't boring (like how it was watching Tom Hanks alone on an island in Cast Away!).
Now I am absolutely dying to read the book! Cheryl Strayed was a prize-winning author before she even published her story in Wild in 2012. Since she hiked the trail in 1995, it is very interesting to me that she waited so many years to publish the story about it!
Side note: this film contains a lot of nudity, drug use and inappropriate situations, so beware. If any of these things bother or offend you, you may want to avoid this movie or watch it once it comes out on television. Other than that, see this movie or read the book asap!
If you have already read the book or watched the film, read 7 things that didn't make it into Wild by Cheryl Strayed. You will love all these parts of her story that Strayed had to leave out of her book.
Also, watch Reese Witherspoon's interview about the film and her production company here!
Did you guys watch the film or read the book? Let me know what you thought!